Weekenders looking for things to do in the vast Metro Manila area can check out our many cafe and activity suggestions for all kinds of interests.
But if you’re looking for a break from the usual dining and Instawalking, there are also places that offer ridiculous and fun ways to get your week of stress out of your system.
Here are 9 group activities in metro Manila to destress with, whether it’s sports, mystery, or laser tag, with some that’re bound to fit your idea of letting loose.
If you’ve never tried archery, paintball, or dodgeball, why not all three at once? The Attack Arena’s unique sport, arrow tag, is an action-packed combo of paintball, archery, and dodgeball where you can play in large teams. Now’s your chance to prove how accurate your shooting is, or how agile you are at dodging enemy attacks.
Even if you aren’t able to come with a big group, open-group activities can accommodate you and your friends together with other groups. Enquire about exclusive activities where your group doesn’t have to share a game with other groups, such as for parties, company events, or school groups. These can be held outdoors or at outdoor locations of your choice – for up to 100 people.
All visitors will get 10 minutes of orientation and practice from a host before starting play, and each session lasts an hour. Open sessions’ prices start at P500 (~USD8.95) per player for groups of 1-10, and go down to P450 (~USD8.05) per player for teams of 11-20 and P400 (~USD7.16) per player for teams of 21-30.
Do come in sports-friendly clothes and bring a set of fresh clothes to change into, clean sports shoes, bring your ID, and wear contact lenses if you need them for comfort.
A swordsmanship class.
Image credit: @theattackarena
Other activities from dodgeball to swordsmanship to bubble sports where you get into big zorbs and try to topple your friends are also available upon request.
Address: The Attack Arena, Congressional Avenue Extension, Quezon City
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Contact: 0977 846 3537
The Attack Arena’s website | Facebook | Instagram (The Attack Arena center) | Instagram (Archery Attack)
Shooting a gun isn’t just a man thing – women are more than welcome to Stronghand’s gun range, what it calls Asia’s first non-toxic indoor shooting range and gun shop. It’s free of gun smoke, air-borne lead, sulfur dioxide, barium oxide, and antimony oxide, keeping it safe and even welcoming for you to bring friends to.
Stronghand is also known for its cleanliness and safe gun handling training – you can even go for a gun safety seminar (P500, ~USD8.95) or a basic gun-handling course and get a certificate for bragging rights after.
Image credit: @stronghand
But for first-timers who just want to see what shooting is all about, you’d be glad to know that reviewers say that this place is beginner-friendly and not intimidating at all. Newbies have to start with the beginners’ marksmanship class (P2,750, ~USD49.23) before they can book slots for their own target practice in future or join clubshoot events where you can compete against others.
There’s also an aptly named cafe, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, where you can rest and chill in after your session.
Back after the pandemic lockdowns, White Knight e-Chariot Tours Manila is a head-turning way to tour one of Manila’s historically and culturally richest areas, Intramuros. Like Segway scooters with big wheels that let you stand up, the e-chariots give you the flexibility to wander through narrow paths without wearing you out on a hot day.
Of course, you’ll be taken on an informative tour by a guide at the same time – making this ideal if you’re new to the city or bringing a friend from abroad around. Rates start at P300 (~USD5.37) for a 30-minute tour and P500 (~USD8.95) for a 1-hour tour, and tours start at White Knight Hotel. Group and corporate bookings are available.
Address: Plaza San Luis Complex, General Luna St., Cor. Urdaneta St., Intramuros Manila
Opening hours: 8am-6pm, Daily
Contact: (02) 7 1170802 / 966 588 9095 (White Knight Hotel Intramuros)
White Knight e-Chariot Tours Manila’s Facebook
There’s no shaming of art amateurs at Sip and Gogh, an art class anyone at any level can join. So bring your friends or significant other, and get snacks but more importantly drinks while you paint – from frappes to wine.
At the Congressional Avenue branch.
Image adapted from: Sip & Gogh Congressional Avenue
Book a session online, starting at P1,000 (~USD19.12) for 2 hours, at your preferred branch or call or email in advance. Walk-ins can be accommodated 30 minutes in advance if there is availability. If you prefer a more guided introduction to art, try their acrylic painting workshop which comes with a free workshop kit, paints, canvases, and brushes, and drinks.
Corporate and large-group activities in Metro Manila off-site can also be arranged.
Image credit: @polecatsmanila
Photos of pole-dancing feats involving aerial hoops and aerial hammocks make it clear that the art is a chill yet core-challenging workout – and an Instagenic one at that. At Polecats Manila, introductory sessions, aerial hoop sessions, sensual floor classes, and K-pop pole classes are open to first-timers in the studio or online.
Image adapted from @polecatsmanila
Group classes can be held with strangers or privately for your own group, so ask ahead. You can even arrange to buy and install a pole in your own home.
Address: 22F, Strata 100 Bldg, Emerald Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig, 1604 Metro Manila
Opening hours: depend on class timings
Telephone: 0917 700 7653
Polecats Manila’s website | Facebook | Instagram | Class booking link
Many of us have wanted to climb into bouncy castles in the middle of malls, but they were only meant for children. Happily, WiiJUMP Trampoline Park in Festival Mall, Alabang now lets adults bounce like kids again.
Touted to be the Philippines’ biggest trampoline park, WiiJUMP boasts a free jump zone, a V-trampoline where you can bounce side to side, basketball hoops where you can slamdunk while jumping, a foam pit big enough for several adults, climbing walls, and more activities. Hang at their on-site cafe after you’re done.
Entry is P399 (~USD7.14) per hour and P299 (~USD5.35) per hour’s extension, and P99 (~USD1.77) to rent a pair of grip socks – essential for safe bouncing.
Watch our video guide to WiiJUMP here!
Escape rooms provide the kind of mind-boggling and heart-pounding anxiety that’ll definitely take your mind off anything you’re stressed over – or make for a bonding experience with friends.
If you have 45 minutes to spare and a taste for puzzles, head to Breakout Philippines‘ themed rooms – horror motel-inspired Room 13, creepy The Catacombs, fairytale-like Ever After, and The Space Between which will satisfy fans of outer space.
Zoom breakout rooms can be arranged too.
Image credit: @ikkiniram
These’ll make unique birthday party ideas or group activities in Metro Manila that you’ll remember for a long time. Groups of up to 6 players pay P350 (~USD6.25) per person from Mondays to Thursdays, and prices from Friday-Sunday and on public holidays vary from P450 (~USD8.05) per person for groups of 5-6, P550 (~USD9.83) per person for groups of 3-4, and P600 (~USD10.73) per person for groups of 1-2. Book online or enquire for corporate or larger team events.
Do review the house rules – punctuality is key, spoilers and photography are not allowed, and props must be handled carefully. Interestingly, those who succeed in escaping a room on first attempt get to play another room for 10% off – or completely free if you escape from that one too.
Image credit: @lazerxtrememnl
Outer space fans should hit up LazerXtreme Manila in BGC, 300 square meters with four futuristic battle areas called Star Trek, Red Earth, Avatar, and Tron with challenging structures to maneuver around as you tag your enemies. It’s a fun way to burn off those calories, even if you just do a 15-minute game, and suits all groups – couples, families with kids, or adults who just wanna have fun. The oldest player was an 80-year-old in good health!
Up to 30 players can join in a game of defending their teammates or going on the offense, in an immersive space-themed arena that boasts lighting and fog effects and cinematic music. You’ll be unscathed at the end of your sesh as the guns only deploy mild lasers and no bullets.
At the end of your round, have a pizza and sandwich break at the in-house coffee shop. Rates start at P550 (~USD9.84) for 2 games on Thursdays and P590 (~USD10.56) on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The arena is closed Mondays to Wednesdays.
Those craving more intense, realistic action should head to Global Gutz Paintball for outdoor paintball – with a wider play area than most of the indoor spots with group activities in Metro Manila above. You’ll feel the paint hit you instead of just getting a beep from an indoor laser tag wrist device, so it’s a bigger physical challenge.
Image credit: A L
The terrain comes with mounds, old vehicles you can hide behind or launch a stealth attack from, pipes, inflatables, and even military-style obstacles.
Image credit: @globalgutzparks via @manilaforkids
Families can try the kiddie-friendly version of laser tag that can be played with 100 bullets per player, full gear rental, and unlimited play time. It’s available as part of a party package, if your adventure-loving youngster craves a unique celebration.
Next time you’re planning a weekend out but don’t have the time to road trip out of the metro, let some steam off with one of these group activities in Metro Manila.
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This article was updated by Xin Tian Koh in August 2022.
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